Morgan Wallen Wins After N-Word Controversy

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Morgan Wallen.
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Red carpet prepared. Morgan Wallen returned to the 2022 ACM Awards after beforehand being barred from attending within the wake of his N-word scandal.

The songwriter, 28, accepted the statue for album of the year for Dangerous: The Double Album in the course of the 57th annual ACM Awards on the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7. “When I started this album I was a kid. By the time I put it out, I was a father,” Wallen mentioned, referencing his little one, Indigo Wilder, 20 months, who he shares with ex KT Smith.

“That’s become more important to me than anything else. To my son, this album and this award will signify that his daddy was a fighter, that he chased his dreams and worked hard to make them a reality.”

After thanking his collaborators and God, he concluded, “Most imporantly, I have to address my fans personally and directly. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m blown away by you guys. God bless.”

Wallen earned nods for Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year after beforehand being excluded from the 2021 occasion. The “Whiskey Glasses” crooner was declared ineligible after a video of him utilizing a racial slur surfaced on-line final February.

Two months after the controversy made headlines, the Tennessee native assured his followers that he had grown after taking “a couple months away” from the highlight. “I’m proud of the work I’ve put in, and in many ways thankful to have had the time to do it. I’ve needed this time off. I moved to Nashville at 22. I never really gave myself a chance to survey the man I became during that time,” he wrote by way of Instagram in April 2021. ” I can already see a giant distinction between 22-year-old me and 27-year-old me. I hope there’s a giant distinction between the 27-year-old me now and the 32-year-old me at some point.”

Wallen famous that he’ll “always strive to be better,” however declared that he was “proud” of the trail he was on. “I’ve found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it, and therefore will not be performing tour dates this summer,” he concluded on the time, teasing that he can be again on the street “sooner than later.”

That similar month, nation music followers appeared to protest Wallen’s absence from the 2021 ACM Awards lineup by renting out billboards in Nashville that learn, “Support that boy from east Tennessee!” The shows additionally featured a reference to a Bible verse alongside a picture of Wallen’s signature mullet.

The Voice alum briefly confronted repercussions from his label, Big Loud, because of his use of the N-word and his music was faraway from main nation radio stations. However, gross sales of his album Dangerous skyrocketed amid the backlash.

In his first interview because the video went viral, Wallen claimed that he didn’t use the insult maliciously. “I was around some of my friends and we say dumb stuff together. In our minds, it’s playful. It sounds ignorant but that’s where it came from,” he instructed Good Morning America in July 2021, confessing that it was not the primary time he’d mentioned the phrase. “I didn’t mean it in any derogatory manner at all. I think I was just ignorant about it. I don’t think I sat down and was like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?’”

The singer additionally revealed that he spent 30 days in a therapy facility after the scandal “trying to figure out why” he behaved in such a manner. “Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?” he defined on GMA.

At the time, Wallen claimed that he had reached out to a number of organizations, together with the Black Music Action Coalition, to study extra in regards to the historical past behind the phrase and its continued impression on folks of colour. The “7 Summers” artist additionally vowed to make substantial donations to Black-led foundations, a promise he fulfilled earlier this year.

Wallen’s actions sparked an vital dialog about variety in nation music, which ceaselessly facilities white artists and followers. When requested final year whether or not he thought the style has a “race problem,” he instructed GMA, “It would seem that way, yeah. I haven’t really sat and thought about that.”

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